Faculty of ASN

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Our Inclusive Vision

We welcome all children in Alloa Academy and we aim to support any needs for additional support that that they may have. We will work closely with families who have concerns about their child and their additional needs.

In Alloa Academy our first resort is for all children to attend and to be successful there; we recognise that some children may need additional support to assist them to do so. The most appropriate schooling would be within a mainstream classroom either with or without support. However for some children it is beneficial to attend smaller groups where they can receive a more individual learning experience. Before a decision is made, we will work closely with families to ensure the best outcome is reached for their child.

We have well developed procedures to identify, assess and respond to the additional support needs of our pupils. We encourage a person-centered approach to planning in which parents and the young person are central. Pupil Support and ASN staff, work in close partnership with a range of other agencies, in support of children and young people.

We are proud of the quality of the support that we offer to successfully support pupils with a wide range of needs, and of the high rate of satisfaction reported by parents of their experience with our provision.

If you have concerns about your child’s progress or their additional support needs you should discuss these with the Principal ASN Teacher or your child’s Guidance teacher.

If you require further information you can contact the Principal Teacher via the school number.

Help ranges from in-class support through to Technology Support 

The school takes advice from a range of support services to support children and follow the guidance given by the council and the Scottish Government. The school always ties to support children in the most effective and least intrusive way. The aim is to reduce barriers to participation and increase pupils’ independence.

Deciding on appropriate support
Decisions on the type and level of support required are made between parent(s) and school staff, within review meetings in school. These meetings allow all views, including the childs’ to be taken fully into account. Where a specialised setting is required, education service management must be consulted over the decision.

The range of provision

Additional support for pupils

  • Information and strategies given to teachers to support the child’s learning experiences
  • Individual planning based on differences in children’s starting points and learning styles
  • Communications systems, computers and other aids
  • Support from therapists
  • Small group settings
  • Involving other children to model behaviour in cooperative learning situations
  • Flexible ways of organising learning
  • Advice and support from educational psychologists
  • Advice and support from specialised teachers on communication, autistic spectrum disorders and dyslexia


Secondary school stage

  • Close monitoring by subject staff
  • Departmental planning for individual pupil needs
  • Regular meetings with Guidance Teacher
  • Pupil Support Teams, (ASN, Guidance and )
  • In-class or small group help from ASN staff
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Specialist Support Services
  • Off-Campus Support Centres
  • Alternative Day Centres (small group support for pupils who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties)
  • Joint programmes between further education and school
  • Post-school transition planning to employment, training and further/higher education
  • Multi-agency Teams